A 15-year-old Russian skater named Yulia Lipnitskaya won a gold medal today in the free skate performance that blew many away.

Lipnitskaya’s choice of the theme from the film Schindler’s List as accompanying music still has people buzzing on Twitter:

Here is a Vine video from Lipnitskaya’s performance:

Editor’s note: The original version of this post contained a tweet containing YouTube video of a performance that was not from the Sochi Olympics. That tweet has been removed, and Twitchy apologizes for the error.



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  • Tidewaterhorse

    This was the European Championships and not the Olympics.

    • Chrystal Morales

      yes but same routine

  • RememberSekhmet

    She was the girl in the red coat.

  • WhoDat

    The girl is adorable and awesome at what she does.

    • Maxx

      Her stretches….I’ve never seen anyone do that on ice. Watching this phenom grab that skate and go vertical with the other leg had me reaching for the Icy Hot.

      • WhoDat

        Haha. Same here.

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    If she’s 15, I’m 15.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      Did you see her after she came off the ice? She looked about 12.

      Beautiful talent. Yes, I realize this video above is from the European Championships this year, but I’m sure it’s the same program.

      Also, IMO, the music worked beautifully and was perfectly fine for a skating program. The red coat gave it a nice tribute and thoughtful respect.

      • http://macsen573.wix.com/overdrive Macsen Overdrive

        The Vine posted above is from Sochi. I know one of the tweets used a Youtube video from the EC, but the Vine above is from Sochi.

  • Stephen Henry

    Interesting choice for a girl who comes from a country where Stalin killed so many of his own citizens – estimated to be close on 20 million people.

    • Bill Phillips

      Please! This talented young lady had NOTHING to do with Stalin’s MURDEROUS history! Are you suggesting she should not try to excel in life because of what he did? Has she made any statements praising Stalin or his murders that we should know about?

      • West_Coast

        Just like I didn’t have anything to do with slavery neither, but I gotta hear about it daily from the “pay-up, sucka” crowd.

        • Bill Phillips

          So let me see if I understand you. Are you saying that she deserves derision because of the acts of Stalin and you deserve the same from the “pay-up, sucka” crowd?

          • Stephen Henry

            She should perhaps have done a bit of research and looked to her country’s history. Bit disingeneous of the Russians. And they have Putin, who is considered to be a dictator by some.

          • annoyinglittletwerp

            Watch Schindler’s List. I lost family to BOTH Stalin and Hitler…and I love what Julia did.

          • Stephen Henry

            Glad to hear.

          • Dolimbos Guurnaki

            I’m afraid your logic is completely incomprehensible to me. She can’t use this theme because of bloody moments of the Russian history? Even if we abstract from the fact that most countries have bloody moments (for example, most of countries made invasive wars and many European countries were heavily involved in colonization crimes, including genocides and slave trading), how bloody moments of the Russian history forbid Yulia to have personal love for this music? Or how the fact that “some people consider Putin dictator” foribids her to use this music? Beyond my understanding.

      • AlCashier

        right, “Schindler’s List” pertains to what the GERMAN National Socialists did to the Jews, and the Russians liberated a lot of the concentration camps, including the infamous Auschwitz.
        New reports are: an accurate re-counting of old records is revealing more than 21 million were killed across Europe by the German Natl Socialists, and hundreds more concentration camps & subcamps & other massacre sites are being counted .. thank God, the Germans documented everything.
        New reports are: the death count is NOT “12 mil” as was previously estimated (by a very frightened US political machine who didn’t want Europe to erupt again) ..it is over 21 million dead, and not just Jews. ANYONE who opposed Hitler’s Socialism was rounded up and murdered…… and pretty good bet at first not one of them believed it could happen in THEIR beloved country.

      • AlCashier

        ‘melissa’ is a democrat plantation troll in obama’s downlow basement.

    • AlCashier

      Putin is known to be very Jewish-friendly. the message behind Schindler’s List is not very surprising, looking at the bigger picture, Putin is slamming American history towards the Jews. = Russia reached & liberated numerous German National Socialist concentration camps, like Auschwitz. However, US democrat Pres FDR actually refused to help the Holocaust Jews at all, he refused to bomb the railroads into those camps at all.
      … Russia also reached & liberated Berlin first. perhaps Putin is sending yet another “America-is-led-by-a weak-and-epic-failure-democrat-president-today” message.

    • SitizenKane

      Melissa, please know your history. Stalin was from the Soviet Union, which is nonexistent as of today. Today, it’s the Russian Federation. Two different countries. It is commonly believed that Ol’ Uncle Joe killed an estimated 20 million soviet citizens, due to his economic and social policies (for example, collectivization), during purges, gulags, and the transition from an agrarian society to an industrial one.

      However, during World War II, he saw the soldiers of the Red Army highly dispensable and did not have any regard for them whatsoever. This lead to AT LEAST 20 million more additional deaths. Stalin would demand his generals to put their soldiers through guaranteed suicide missions. No country lost more people during WWII than the Soviet Union.

      Some people see 40 million deaths as a conservative number. Surely you know who Alexander Solzhenitsyn is (Gulag Archipelago ring any bells?). He claims the actual number is closer to 60 MILLION people that died under Stalin’s rule.

  • Bill Phillips

    I don’t get the “controversy”! Schindler’s List was an inspiring movie! I’ve seen it several times. I have the theme song on my iPad! Perhaps …even at this young age …this extremely talented skater was also moved by the movie and wanted to perform her routine to a song that stirs the emotions inside herself that the movie stirred in millions of viewers!

  • descolada9

    If anything, it appeared to me that she was giving her own interpretative tribute to the movie and to the story of the Jews in WWII. I also noticed shew as wearing a cross in that performance. It was nice to see that.

  • Amedicinewoman

    Excellent performance carried out by a young girl with a deep soul.

  • Part138

    I remember that a sychronized swimming team (France, I think) used the exact same music at the Olympics, and there was a controversy then too.

  • annoyinglittletwerp

    She was the girl in the red coat. I think that the ‘real’ GITRC is in her 70’s. If she did indeed perform that program…it was a tribute rather than a dis.

    • RememberSekhmet

      No, the girl in the red coat was in one of the piles of bodies towards the end of the film.

      • nc ✓s & balances

        It’s been awhile since I’ve seen the film, and for some reason I remembered the GITRC as a hopeful symbol. But here’s what I found in Wikipedia:

        “Many people are shot and killed in the process of emptying the ghetto. Schindler witnesses the massacre and is profoundly affected. He particularly notices a tiny girl in a red coat – one of the few splashes of color in the black-and-white film – as she hides from the Nazis. When he later sees the red coat on a wagon loaded with bodies being taken away to be burned, he knows the girl is dead.”

        Updated edit: This info applies to the movie only. See ALT’s post above for the true story.

        I really don’t see what the controversy is about. It was a very appropriate and respectful performance.

      • annoyinglittletwerp

        In the MOVIE-but there was likely a real girl in the red coat. Thomas Kenally mentioned her in the book-to not by name. Her name was Roma Ligocka

        .She’s in her 70’s now. http://klepas.deviantart.com/art/Roma-Ligocka-69068741

        • nc ✓s & balances

          Thanks for clearing that up ALT. My citation below IS from the movie.

          (Side note: did you know I got in at Hot Air the other day? The name “nc” was already taken, so you can find me there as “ncinca.”)

          • annoyinglittletwerp

            Terrific! Stop by QOTD tonight. It’s usually a lot of fun.Usually.

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    Somehow I think she chose the music because she likes the music. To look for a deeper meaning than that seems a bit silly.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      Except she wore the red coat. Not an accident.

      • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

        I’m still never going to look for deep intellectual meaning in a dance routine. Pretty girl, highly skilled . . . that’s sufficient in meaning.

  • AlCashier

    you’re missing the bigger picture. US Democrat president FDR said “we’re not here for the Jews”. and Vlad Putin is reminding the world: Russia liberated Auschwitz and reached Berlin first.

    • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Wasn’t that because Hitler had his army spread out all over?

      • AlCashier

        no, Germany owned all of Europe by April 1945 and had only the 2 real fronts, East & West, and they were determined to take Russia –and failed. –we think Putin is sending a message about it. Russia was in Berlin first, in the biggest world war ever, Russia can do whatever it sets it’s mind to.

        • in_awe

          The western Allies decided to leave eastern Germany and the city of Berlin to the Soviets – honoring the agreement they made with Stalin at Yalta.

      • AlCashier

        we don’t think Putin is referring to Hitler, we think Putin approved that music because of who it represents. Putin is known to be Jewish-friendly.

  • H50 ✓RAT

    Dont see what the buzz is about here, this child lives in Russia, was selected for and has been training very day her entire life for this moment. Just how much fun does anyone think shes had in her life?

    She chose an emotional piece of music to deliver an emotional performance. She earned gold. Kudos.
    Perhaps some are projecting their own discomfort/unease of how America has turned into a Socialist state and where that might ultimately take us.

  • Moosejaw50

    Who remembers Katarina Witt’s tribute to Sarajevo at the ’98 games? Very, very moving.

  • JGDunn

    FYI…The music accompanying the scene in the film of the little girl
    wandering through the Krakow ghetto during its liquidation is for me, a
    big part of what makes the scene so emotionally powerful. But that is
    not the same music as that used by the skater for her routine. The
    skater uses what I think is the film’s often-repeated theme song. The
    particularly moving scene in the film showing the simple innocence of
    the child amidst the senseless horror and violence uses the song Ofyn
    Pripetchik, written by a 19th century Ukrainian/Jewish/Yiddish composer
    M. Warshavsky. The song is about a rabbi teaching children the
    “alef-bet” (i.e. the alphabet).

  • Greenie Beanie

    As we move up the biological scale, individual differences between creatures of the same species become more and more apparent until the most individuality is exhibited by humans, at the top of the scale.

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ Ice Cold Troll

    Not entirely on point (or ‘en pointe`’) but first thing I thought of: